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The Pugilist at Rest

Thom Jones

New to Faber Modern Classics, a collection of stories by the award-winning and critically-acclaimed writer, Thom Jones.

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Thom Jones’s magnificent collection of stories presents a brutal and authentic vision of the human condition, in a world without mercy or redemption. The Pugilist at Rest gives us an America of Vietnam vets and ex-boxers, of bitter lovers in trailer parks, of lives passing in brilliant epileptic flickers. These ferocious, semi-autobiographical stories form the debut collection by a distinctive and hugely talented writer.

Thom Jones was discovered as a writer relatively late in life, in his forties, by the fiction editors at the New Yorker, who published many of Jones’s stories from the early 1990s onwards. The title story of this collection went on to win the O. Henry Award for Best Short Story.

Critic Reviews

A small masterpiece, vividly imagined, wonderful in all ways.

Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker
Critic Reviews

A formidable collection.

Critic Reviews

Jones's collection has an unusual power -- the power of authenticity, the experience of bitter lives pressed awkwardly but truly into words.

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Writers as good as Thom Jones appear but rarely. The original poetry of his fictional world is irresistible, and the sense that he knows this world absolutely has cleansed his prose and produced an affectless sheen . . . Thom Jones is a wonderful writer.

New York Times Book Review

Thom Jones, who died in 2016, was a National Book Award finalist, O. Henry Award winner, and the author of three story collections: The Pugilist at Rest, Cold Snap, and Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa in 1973 and thereafter worked an array of jobs, from copywriter to janitor, until…

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